South Australian early childhood education and care services are leading the nation, exceeding the expected standards set by the National Quality Standard (NQS) for providing high quality care and education to children.
Almost 80% of preschool services managed under the Education Department have been officially rated as ‘exceeding’ the NQS, compared to 59% nationally.
There are five ratings that a preschool site can receive, the highest being ‘excellent’. Bertram Hawker Kindergarten at Glen Osmond, Alberton Preschool, Darlington Children’s Centre and Mount Gambier Children’s Centre have all received the highest possible recognition.
Preschools are assessed on seven areas which include:
- educational program and practice
- children’s health and safety
- physical environment
- staffing arrangements
- relationships with children
- collaborative partnerships with families and communities; and
- governance and leadership.
The full National Quality Framework Snapshot report can be found at www.acecqa.gov.au/nqf/snapshots.